Russia strikes Ukrainian railroads in effort to disrupt Western aid

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Russia strikes Ukrainian railroads in effort to disrupt Western aid

Russian missiles struck Ukrainian railroad infrastructure and supply depots Wednesday, as the Kremlin called NATO vehicles and supplies “legitimate military targets.”

The strikes — by both sea and air-borne missiles — took out electric power plants at five railway stations throughout Ukraine, and hit stores of fuel and ammunition.

The attacks strikes were meant to disrupt the delivery of Western weapons to Ukraine, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

The coordinated effort to disrupt Ukrainian supply lines came as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu declared NATO shipments — and any NATO vehicles carrying such shipments within Ukraine — legitimate targets.

“The United States and NATO allies continue to flood Ukraine with weapons,” Shoigu said according to the state-run agency TASS. “I would like to point out that we view all NATO vehicles that arrive in the country carrying weapons and supplies for the Ukrainian Armed Forces as legitimate military targets.”

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Vehicles on fire at the oil depot after missiles struck the facility in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Makiivka.
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Donetsk, Ukraine
Smoke rises above a burning oil storage in the course of Ukraine-Russia conflict on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine.
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A member of Ukraine's Territorial Defence Forces
A member of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces walk past a burning storage building after having been shelled in the village of Temyrivka on May 4, 2022.
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A group survey the damage to an electricity substation on the morning after a rocket strike, on May 4, 2022 near Lviv, Ukraine.
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Damaged building
The missiles took out electric power plants at five railway stations.
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The Pentagon has repeatedly said US supples are handed off to Ukrainian forces at the border, without American forces entering Ukraine.

Air raid sirens also rang out in the cities of Cherkasy, Dnipro and Zaporizhzhia Wednesday.

With Post wires

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